Nature Center

The 21-acre Nature Center features a collection of indoor and outdoor exhibits and artifacts curated to showcase Southwest Florida’s unique ecosystem. The experience includes the newly renovated Susan and William Dalton Discovery Center with the new John & Carol Walter Discovery Wing, which features an invasive species and climate change galleries.

The Nature Center is listed as site #69 on the Great Florida Birding Trail and also boasts electric boat tours featuring live flora and fauna along the Gordon River; docent-led visitor programs on topics such as reptiles, birds of prey, oceans, and wildlife injury prevention; and a wildlife exhibit.

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Tuesday - Saturday

9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 




Children (3-12)


See new exhibits and revisit your favorites!

Between the classic Touch Tank and Little Explorer Play Zone to the new Augmented Reality and Science on a Sphere exhibits, the Dalton Discovery Center has something for everyone.

New Discoveries

We've added multiple new exhibits to the Dalton Discovery Center! Be sure to check out the Invasive Species and Climate Change Galleries inside the new John & Carol Walter Discovery Wing.

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Electric Boat Tours

All aboard from the Allyn Family Dock! Take a leisurely, informative, and fun 45-minute cruise along the beautiful Gordon River here in Naples.

Boats depart at the top of every hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and no reservations are required! Boat tours are included with your Nature Center admission fee.

Fun For the Whole Family

There's something for everyone at the Conservancy Nature Center! The new John & Carol Walter Discovery Wing features interactive educational experiences, like the New Discoveries Lab!

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Become a member and save!

With a Conservancy membership, you'll earn free admission to the Nature Center for at least 2 adults and 4 children. Click below to learn more about the other perks of Conservancy membership!

Programs funded in part by:

Additional Programs at the Nature Center

Daily Talks

Our Education Team will lead two daily talks on the deck here at the Nature Center! Join us to learn about the Southwest Florida environment and the wildlife in our area.


Daily Talks

11:15 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.

Little Explorers Program Schedule

The Little Explorer Play Zone is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day the Nature Center is open. We also have special programs available on Thursday's at 10 a.m. The specific dates and information is listed below.

Little Explorer Mom and Daughter
Best for kids 18-months to 5-years-old

Bring your little ones to our Little Explorer Play Zone to participate in multi-sensory, interactive activities, stories, and crafts. You will have the opportunity to learn about topics that relate to our mission of protecting Southwest Florida’s water, land, wildlife, and future. Little Explorers will also get to explore the entire Conservancy campus!


February 22

Over in the Forest

Experience a hands-on activity while reading about what critters we might find living in the forest and how they move! Learn about animal tracks, and create your very own tracking guide!

February 29

Leaps and Bounds

Hop along to our story time with Finklehopper Frog, learning what it means to be unique and love yourself. After, join us in a creative craft using fashion design and an activity where we will be practicing our hopping, skipping, and jogging skills with everyone.


March 7 - Campus closed for our annual Magic Under the Mangroves gala
March 14

The Greedy Python

Come hear about how the Greedy Python’s huge appetite affects the animals around him. Little explorers will go on a scavenger hunt for “food” and make their very own python to take home with them.

March 21

Felina's New Home

Felina the Florida Panther has had her home invaded by people, trash and noise! With help from biologists, Felina and her friends finally find a quiet and clean new home. Learn about Florida Panthers, their habitat, and make a craft to take home!

March 28

Mary the Manatee

Come join us for Manatee Awareness Week where children will walk away with the knowledge of where manatees live and what they eat! We will sing, dance, and create a craft to show what we’ve learned about these special creatures.


April 4

If I Were a Tree

Join us as we journey into the trees and use all five senses to discover all the layers of life that one single tree can support! We’ll then go out in nature and use our senses to connect with one of the great trees we have here at the Conservancy

April 11

We Are All Connected

Everyone is connected – not just to each other, but to Mother Earth! Join us as the Little Explorers learn all about the ways we can lift up each other and protect our planet, through both art and planting seeds to take home!

April 18

The Lorax

Come join us in reading about The Lorax and his Truffula trees that he is trying to save! Little Explorers will play a matching game and make their own Truffula tree to care for.

April 25

Let It Rain

Get your rain coat and rain boots ready as our story takes us from rainy Spring to hot Summer! Come celebrate the change in season and learn how rain helps our Florida habitats.